D1A Dominates Collegiate All-American Selections

D1A Rugby: D1A Dominates Collegiate All-American Selections
Photo Credit: Justin Purdy

USA Rugby has released its Men’s Collegiate All-American XVs side, and once again D1A has dominated the field. Of the forty-five spots available, D1A players took up forty-one of those spots.

On the 1st All-American XV, Life University, the 2017 D1A National Champions, had a commanding presence with eight players selected to the first team. Their inter-conference rivals, Lindenwood University, saw three of their players selected to the first team. The Mid-South as a whole, had thirteen of their players crack into the All-American 1st XV.

The 2nd XV saw more institutional diversity with ten different programs represented. Life again had the most players selected to this team with two athletes making it onto the squad. They shared this honor with Penn State and Iona College, who also had two players selected on the second representative side. The Mid-South had four players chosen, followed closely by the Liberty conference which saw three of their student-athletes put in the squad.

Thirteen athletes from D1A made it to the 3rd XV. Ten colleges had a presence, Lindenwood enjoyed the most representation with two players selected. In total, there were five conferences represented. The Mid-South lead the way once more, with five players making the grade.    

A full list of the D1A players selected to an All-American team can be found below:

2018 FIRST TEAM ALL-AMERICANS 

Player NameSchool
Chance WenglewskiLindenwood Universtiy
Alex MaughanLife University
Matt HarmonLife University
Malcolm MayPenn State University
Jamie BerrisfordLife University
Connor McNerneyUnited States Naval Academy
Wesley WhiteLindenwood Universtiy
Maciu KoroiLife University
Sean YacoubianSt Mary’s College of California
Duncan Van SchalkwykLife University 
Harley WheelerLife University 
Mitch WilsonLife University 
Zachary YoungArkansas State
Deion MikesellLindenwood University 
George PhelanLife University 


2018 SECOND TEAM ALL-AMERICANS

Player NameSchool
Kevin SullivanUniversity of California, Berkeley 
Brian MuntangaLife University
Tommy Hunkin-ClarkAmerican International College
Santiago MascoloIona College
Michael De WaalLindenwood University
Tosh WilcoxBrigham Young University (BYU)
Tabo MareeArkansas State University 
Ryan ReesLife University
Mike DabulasPenn State University
Kyle RogersUniversity of Arizona 
Aaron MatthewsSt Mary’s College of California 
Mike ScarcellaIona College
Kevin TrotterPenn State University 


2018 THIRD TEAM ALL-AMERICANS

Player NameSchool
Spencer KruegerOhio State University 
Rob IrimescuPenn State University 
Kyle CiqueraSt. Bonaventure University
Deven MarshallCentral Washington University 
Mike MatarazzoUniversity of Notre Dame
Pedro AlvarezArkansas State University 
Samuel DaviesUnited States Naval Academy 
Thomas CheslekDavenport University 
Nicholas FeakesLindenwood University 
Noah NiumataiwaluSaint Joseph’s University 
Gardy LebonUnited States Naval Academy 
Christian RodriguezLindenwood University 
Kelsin PupunuUniversity of Utah